Journalist Charles Watts has claimed reports that Arsenal have agreed a price to sign Mykhaylo Mudryk may not be fully accurate at this stage.
The Gunners have long been linked with a move for the Shakhtar Donetsk and Ukraine winger, and it looks as though they could be in with a good chance of landing him this January.
That is, at least, according to a recent story in the Mirror. Indeed, it is reported that Shakhtar will significantly lower their original demands of around £90m in order to sanction an initial £40m deal plus potential add-ons.
That news will certainly come as music to the ears of many Arsenal fans. However, Watts has urged supporters not to get excited about it all just yet, as he hasn’t heard anything to confirm such claims.
When speaking on his YouTube channel, the journalist said: “There’s a story doing the rounds that Arsenal have sort of moved to the front with Mudryk in the transfer race, and I saw something like £40m bandied around, and that Shakhtar have decided to half their asking price for him and that Arsenal are going to sign him for £40m.
“I haven’t heard that. I can’t say myself [that] it’s right. But I just… I wouldn’t get too excited. At the moment, it’s just lots of speculation doing the rounds. Like I said, we’re still a month away from January.”
TIF Thoughts on Mykhailo Mudryk and Arsenal…
Despite still only being 21 years of age, Mudryk is one of the biggest young talents in Europe right now, having scored three goals and provided two assists in six Champions League outings this season.
Even so, it seems as though the Gunners may well win the race to land his signature, with the player even admitting he would potentially prefer a move to Arsenal over Real Madrid.
Indeed, in an interview with Vlada Sedan – wife of Arsenal and Ukraine full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko, he said (via Football365): “From a purely theoretical fantasy perspective, if there was the option of being a bench player for Real Madrid or a starter for Arsenal, I’d probably choose Arsenal, but it’s a tough question that involves a lot of factors.”
Clearly, all signs are pointing towards a future move to north London, but despite all the talk, it certainly doesn’t seem as if this deal is quite as close to happening as some would like to believe.